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Mets “Mutually Part Ways” With Beltran Over Scandal, Warrant Issued For Odell Beckham Jr.

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The fallout from the MLB sign-stealing scandal continues. The New York Mets announced they are “mutually parting ways” with Carlos Beltran (the recently named Manager of the Mets who played for the Mets from 2005 to 2911). According to the MLB report, “Approximately two months into the 2017 season, a group of players, including Carlos Beltrán, discussed that the team could improve on decoding opposing teams’ signs and communicating the signs to the batter.”

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The New Orleans police issued an arrest warrant for Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for battery after he slapped a police officer in the rear. The incident took place after Monday night’s LSU win over Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship.

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Red Sox “Part Ways” With Cora, OBJ Hands Out Cash To LSU Players

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The Major League Baseball sign-stealing drama continues. After the Astros fired their GM and Manager on Monday, the Red Sox have now agreed to “part ways” with their manager Alex Cora. Cora participated in the cheating scandal when he was the bench coach for the Astros in 2017 and possibly in 2018 when he was the manager with the Red Sox.

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Odell Beckham Jr. (a former LSU player and current Cleveland Brown wide receiver) created an online buzz when he was seen handing out what appeared to be cash to LSU players after they won the College Football National Championship. Turns out the cash wasn’t real, but it was a fun celebration to watch.

 

 

 

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Burrow’s 6 TD’s, LSU Wins College Football Championship, Astros Fire Personnel For Scandal

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With six touchdowns, Heisman Trophy winner Quarterback Joe Burrow led LSU to a 42-25 victory over Clemson in the College Football Championship.

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Major League Baseball came down hard on the Houston Astros for their role in a sign-stealing scandal during the 2017 season where they won the World Series. The Astros will have to forfeit their first and second-round draft picks for 2020 and 2021 and will be fined $5 million. Due to the severity of the issue, team owner Jim Crane fired general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hunch.

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Giants And Panthers Hire New Head Coaches

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The New York Giants have reportedly offered Joe Judge the head coaching spot. The 38 year old Judge was previously the wide receivers coach for the New England Patriots and was mentored by Alabama coach Nick Saban.

In other coaching news, the Carolina Panthers hired former Baylor coach Matt Rhule to a seven-year contract worth from $60-$70 million.

 

 

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Cowboys Hire Mike McCarthy, Bachelor In Paradise Alums Accused Of Cheating

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After finally reporting on Sunday they were not bringing back head coach Jason Garrette, the Dallas Cowboys didn’t waste any time announcing their new hire, Mike McCarthy. McCarthy was hired as head coach of the Green Bay Packers in 2006 and led them to a Super Bowl win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011. Even though he took the Packers to the playoffs in 9 out of 13 seasons, he was fired mid-season in 2018. The Cowboys also hired linebackers coach Mike Nolan away from the New Orleans Saints and made him their defensive coordinator.

In other football-related news, former contestants on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert, have been accused of “pooling” their entries in DraftKings’ Millionaire Maker Contest. Allegations surfaced after Roper won the $1 million dollar first prize. Roper and Tolbert met on Bachelor in Paradise, got married and have two children.

 

 

 

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Iconic Former NBA Commissioner David Stern Passes Away, Alabama & Oregon Prevail In Weekend Bowl Games

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Former NBA Commissioner David Stern passed away on January 1st after suffering a brain hemorrhage a month ago while dining at a restaurant in NY. Stern served as the commissioner from 1984-2014 and is credited with growing professional basketball into a global powerhouse. Current commissioner Adam Silver issued a statement saying, “For 22 years, I had a courtside seat to watch David in action. He was a mentor and one of my dearest friends. We spent countless hours in the office, at arenas and on planes wherever the game would take us. Like every NBA legend, David had extraordinary talents, but with him it was always about the fundamentals — preparation, attention to detail, and hard work.

“David took over the NBA in 1984 with the league at a crossroads. But over the course of 30 years as Commissioner, he ushered in the modern global NBA. He launched groundbreaking media and marketing partnerships, digital assets and social responsibility programs that have brought the game to billions of people around the world. Because of David, the NBA is a truly global brand — making him not only one of the greatest sports commissioners of all time but also one of the most influential business leaders of his generation.” David Stern was 77 years old.

In one of the anticipated weekend Bowl games, Alabama prevailed 35-16 over Michigan in the Citrus Bowl. Alabama QB Mac Jones (who took over for an injured Tua Tagovailoa) threw for three touchdowns, while Jerry Jeudy ran over 200 yards, the first Alabama player to achieve that feat in a bowl game.

In the Rose Bowl, Oregon pulled out a 28-27 victory over Wisconsin thanks in part to UW’s four turnovers, three fumbles and one interception. The win marks Oregon’s third consecutive Rose Bowl victory.

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LSU Vs Clemson In College Football Finals, SF Clinches #1 Spot, Patriots Slide, Packers Ugly Win

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The #1 LSU Tigers trounced Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl to advance to the finals of the College Football Playoffs. LSU’s Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow, who transferred from Ohio State, led the team to a 63-28 win. The defending champion Clemson, will take on LSU in the National Championship game after their 29-23 semifinal win over Ohio State. The Championship game is on January 13th in New Orleans.

In an exciting weekend of NFL football, the regular season is now behind us and the playoffs are set. In a couple of notable games, the San Francisco 49ers held off the Seattle Seahawks in a dramatic goal line tackle and clinched the NFC West allowing them a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. San Francisco 26, Seattle 21.

With a shocking 27-24 loss to the Miami Dolphins, the heavily favored New England Patriots slid from the #2 seed and a bye in the playoffs to a wild-card slot.

The Green Bay Packers had to rely on kicker Mason Crosby to squeak out a much-needed win over the Detroit Lions and a first-round bye. Packers 23, Lions 20

For all the other playoff news, click here.

 

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College Football Playoff Semis This Weekend, Antonio Brown Works Out With Saints

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Forty Bowl games are played in the last few weeks of December and the first few weeks of January. For a list of all the Bowl games, click here.   The College Football Playoff semifinals on December 28th features LSU vs Oklahoma at 4:00 EST and Ohio State vs Clemson at 8:00 pm EST. The winners will face each other on January 13th in New Orleans.

The New Orleans Saints are reportedly looking at potentially signing Antonio Brown. The New England Patriots released Brown in September after sexual abuse allegations surfaced. The NFL hasn’t issued a statement on whether Brown is still under investigation and eligible to sign with a team.

 

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Joe Burrow Wins Heisman, 5 Teams Clinch Playoff Spots, Falcons Crazy Win Over Niners, Manning’s Standing Ovation

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To no one’s surprise, on Saturday night LSU quarterback Joe Burrow won the most prestigious award in college sports, the Heisman Trophy. Burrow set a record with the highest percentage of first-place votes (90.7). He garnered 841 first-place votes compared to 12 for runner-up Jalen Hurts of Oklahoma and six for third-place finisher Justin Fields from Ohio State. He is the second Heisman Trophy winner from LSU.

After week 15 in the NFL, the postseason picture is coming together with the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bill, and New England Patriots clinching playoff spots.

In one of the craziest endings to a game, the Atlanta Falcons were down 17-22 with just under a minute left on the clock when Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan threw what appeared to be a touchdown (but was overturned).  Ryan then threw a quick 5-yarder to Julio Jones which was at first not ruled a touchdown but then overturned for the score. To make matters worse for the Niners, the Falcons also scored on a fumble recovery on the kickoff. Falcons 29, Niners 22

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning may have played his final home game for his team in an emotional 36-20 win over the Miami Dolphins. Manning threw for two touchdowns and was given a standing ovation as he exited the field with 1:50 remaining. Manning got emotional after the game saying, “It’s a special day, a special win and one I’ll remember.”

 

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Heisman Candidates Announced, Eli Back In Loss On MNF, Russia Banned From Olympics

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The finalists for the Heisman Trophy (awarded to the most outstanding college football player) were announced. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and Ohio State defensive end Chase Young will travel to New York for the awards ceremony on Saturday night at 8:00 pm ET.  Burrow (who played his first three years at Ohio State) is the odds-on favorite to win.

In Monday Night Football, Giants quarterback Eli Manning was back on the field replacing injured rookie Daniel Jones. Eli looked solid in the first half throwing for two touchdowns, but couldn’t hold the momentum and lost 23-17 in overtime to the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s unclear whether Eli will play again this season (Jones has an ankle sprain), or if he’ll retire at the end of the year.

OLYMPICS

The World Anti-Doping Agency banned Russia from international sports for tampering with drug-testing data. The judgment prevents Russia from having a formal presence at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo and the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. Russian athletes will be allowed to compete as long as they haven’t been individually involved in doping or tampering. Russia will certainly appeal this ruling so stay tuned for a final decision.

 

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